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  1. Comment on 'They actually stopped': Women buying sex to ensure safe experience in ~life

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    @Deimos, might be time to lock this down?

    @Deimos, might be time to lock this down?

    1 vote
  2. Comment on What are your mental health upkeep habits/lifestyle? in ~health

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    I had a kid, so now I get to do so many cool new things, and more importantly I get to see the world again through a brand new pair of eyes.

    I had a kid, so now I get to do so many cool new things, and more importantly I get to see the world again through a brand new pair of eyes.

  3. Comment on What are your mental health upkeep habits/lifestyle? in ~health

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    Yes, I have also done the fire staff thing for a while, although I never did end up taking it back to burning man like I originally planned. Sounds like you just need to write down a list of more...

    Yes, I have also done the fire staff thing for a while, although I never did end up taking it back to burning man like I originally planned.

    Sounds like you just need to write down a list of more cool stuff you might want to learn and just do it.

  4. Comment on Where did all the nerds go? in ~talk

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    You've done such a wonderful job of explaining your point of view. Let me try to do the same. I don't know anyone who self identified as a nerd or a dork back in the 80's. I frankly feel...

    You've done such a wonderful job of explaining your point of view. Let me try to do the same.

    I don't know anyone who self identified as a nerd or a dork back in the 80's.

    I frankly feel incredibly uncomfortable labeling myself as a nerd. I never considered myself a nerd. I don't remember anyone calling me a nerd. Almost nobody in high school cared that I tried to program and hack my computer. Just like absolutely nobody in high school cared that I went sky diving. The only thing that interested anyone was the weird drunken antics I sometimes got up to at high school parties.

    I didn't mention all that originally because it seemed unnecessary and superfluous.

    But it seemed rude to categorize 80's nerds as having undesirable traits without admitting that I did some nerdy things myself. So I simply said I was a nerd, and that used to be a bad thing, but now we all do those things, so what are the bad things now?

    If people want to be a hipster nerd (they were a nerd when it wasn't cool) then let them. If hipster nerds want to gate-keep, who cares? If someone instantly assumes I am a hipster nerd who is trying to gate-keep, well... now I am curious. And more than a little amused that I inadvertently stepped on a land mine. Are generation z'ers anti-labels and pro-inclusion about everything, or is it just the computer-nerd thing?

    This is the golden age of computers. You can learn anything. You can do anything. Individually, anonymously, or as a group.

    The only person who can exclude you from doing something, is yourself.

    "Do. Or do not. There is no try.” - The Empire Strikes Back.

    β€œIt's not who we are underneath, but what we do that defines us.” - Batman Begins.

    Edit: Hopefully that comes across as more inspirational than anything else.

  5. Comment on What are your mental health upkeep habits/lifestyle? in ~health

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    Have you learned to juggle?

    Have you learned to juggle?

  6. Comment on Where did all the nerds go? in ~talk

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    Yes! When we were growing up, our interests were primarily defined by what our friends did. Sure, we branched out, but it was a hard fucking slog going it alone. Now you just google it, and you...

    Yes!

    When we were growing up, our interests were primarily defined by what our friends did. Sure, we branched out, but it was a hard fucking slog going it alone.

    Now you just google it, and you can replace your hard drive then repair your garbage disposal.

    To be sure, I question if the lack of IRL socializing is a good thing, but on the whole the younger generation seem a lot more emotionally mature than we were.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Where did all the nerds go? in ~talk

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    I am also perplexed, but I do appreciate your well thought out and kind hearted responses.

    I am also perplexed, but I do appreciate your well thought out and kind hearted responses.

    11 votes
  8. Comment on Where did all the nerds go? in ~talk

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    Not at all. As I said...

    Not at all. As I said...

    Now everyone seems to qualify.

    Does the concept not even exist anymore?

    4 votes
  9. Comment on What are your mental health upkeep habits/lifestyle? in ~health

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    Riding a motorcycle, learning new things or going to new places.

    Riding a motorcycle, learning new things or going to new places.

  10. Comment on Where did all the nerds go? in ~talk

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    Your comment really resonates. It is so much easier to expose yourself to different activities.

    Your comment really resonates.

    It is so much easier to expose yourself to different activities.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Where did all the nerds go? in ~talk

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    Care to re-phrase your question without the term "gate keeping"?

    Care to re-phrase your question without the term "gate keeping"?

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Where did all the nerds go? in ~talk

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    I feel like my original statement was fairly inclusionary...

    Now everyone seems to qualify.

    I feel like my original statement was fairly inclusionary...

    8 votes
  13. Comment on Where did all the nerds go? in ~talk

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    By the 80's definition, I think everyone does :)

    Now everyone seems to qualify.

    By the 80's definition, I think everyone does :)

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Where did all the nerds go? in ~talk

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    If I use and define a label like nerd, then I'm labeled as a gate-keeper? So gatekeeping is a label used by people who don't like labels?

    If I use and define a label like nerd, then I'm labeled as a gate-keeper?

    So gatekeeping is a label used by people who don't like labels?

    8 votes
  15. Comment on Where did all the nerds go? in ~talk

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    Had to google that one. Labels were a thing, back when I grew up. I'm asking do the younger generation have similar labels these days. Not sure how that qualifies as gate-keeping, but then the...

    gate-keepy

    Had to google that one.

    Labels were a thing, back when I grew up.

    I'm asking do the younger generation have similar labels these days.

    Not sure how that qualifies as gate-keeping, but then the only gate-keeping I can relate to is in political or religious circles.

    15 votes
  16. Where did all the nerds go?

    I was a nerd. Back in the 80's, nerds were easily identifiable. If you spent your time playing computer games instead of real games, were pale and lanky, you were a nerd. Bonus points if you...

    I was a nerd.

    Back in the 80's, nerds were easily identifiable.

    If you spent your time playing computer games instead of real games, were pale and lanky, you were a nerd. Bonus points if you played D&D or read books for fun.

    Now everyone seems to qualify.

    Everyone in high school looks pale and lanky. They all have their noses buried in their digital devices.

    Does the concept not even exist anymore?

    Or do I just no longer "get it"?

    19 votes
  17. Comment on The Fanatic Review: We Have Reached Peak Late-Stage Travolta in ~movies

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    20% on Tomatometer That is so bad I almost want to watch it just to see how bad it really is.

    20% on Tomatometer

    That is so bad I almost want to watch it just to see how bad it really is.

  18. Comment on Datadog files for IPO in ~tech

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    Great revenue growth, controlled losses, amazing cashflows, seems like a tight ship... should be valued well over $7 billion

    Great revenue growth, controlled losses, amazing cashflows, seems like a tight ship... should be valued well over $7 billion

  19. Comment on What purpose does Tildes serve that Reddit does not? in ~tildes

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    How that failed to make the cut I will never be able to fully fathom.

    How that failed to make the cut I will never be able to fully fathom.

    10 votes